– This week’s WWE Raw was re-written several times before the show went live which was why there was no main event and the last segment “dragged on.” Brock Lesnar’s “attack” on Shawn Michaels had been planned for weeks and the company had announced WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Big Show would open the broadcast over the weekend. Other than that, the writers and producers were scrambling to put together the show.
– I heard major props were given to Chris Jericho, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler for their triple-threat match as they had little to no preparation time and the match was only included on the final draft and in none of the previous re-writes.
– There is a notable “lack of faith” in Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio as a main event that will draw. At one point there was talk of inserting Randy Orton into the match, however, the writers were told not to worry about banking off the World Heavyweight Championship match as the focal point of the show was Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar.
– Speaking of Lesnar, I’m told some top WWE officials feel if they have any chance at using him in any main event capacity after SummerSlam, he has to go over Hunter. Numerous people, including Triple H privately, have acknowledged the mistake in putting Lesnar under to John Cena at Extreme Rules (although Hunter feels it hurt his SummerSlam match). Some feel putting him under to Hunter would single-handily kill the man with the $5 million price tag. While it’s common knowledge Brock is indifferent about what he does on WWE programming, I’m told he is slightly concerned that another loss could significantly hurt his drawing power. Vince McMahon went out of his way to compliment Brock on the way he played his role on this week’s Raw.